May 31, 2020

#BookReview: Beware the Night (Beware the Night #1) by Jessika Fleck

Synopsis: When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda must join a dangerous revolution to save her grandfather and fight against injustice...even if it costs her the boy she loves.

On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful--as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Seventeen-year-old Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds under the cover of darkness, never to be seen again. As long as Veda follows the rules, she will be safe. 

But when Veda's grandfather is offered up as the next sacrificial offering to keep the Sun's favor, she starts to see that the safety she's been promised comes at a dangerous price. Maybe there is more to fear above than there is below. 

With a mysterious young man, Dorian, at her side, Veda has to figure out if the scary bedtime stories she grew up hearing are real--or dangerous lies.


Rating: ★★
My Review: So this one just wasn't for me at all.  I thought that the idea of Night pitted against the Day was an interesting idea but sadly this one just didn't keep the momentum going throughout the story.  I found that parts of it were just filler and far to slow and we really didn't need the love triangle at all.  It would have been great to see Veda stand on her own two feet without help.  A lot of this just wasn't believable at all.  So in the end this one just wasn't for me. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Love Triangle, Slow Story

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up—Veda has been raised by her grandfather, Poppy, for as long as she can remember. Her mother was murdered by the much-feared group "the Night," and her father, whom she has never met, is presumed dead. The Island of Bellona is split in two, with the rich Dogio living in safety, many working as Imperi soldiers under the heirless High Regent Raevald. Veda's side, the Basso, are barely surviving on what little fish they are able to catch during the allotted time. Veda and Poppy prepare for an attack during the Night of Reckoning. Dorian, the glassblower's apprentice and fellow Basso resident, befriends Veda and leads her to revelations about her own past and that of Bellona itself. Veda is forced to choose between the familiar and the unknown as the elements of her world reshape around her. The first in a series, this fantasy adventure is quickly paced with surprises at every turn and an ending that will leave teens breathless and awaiting more. Fleck has crafted a fully realized world complete with its own history and mythology to immerse her readers. VERDICT Finely tuned and masterfully written, this is a must-purchase for all fantasy shelves.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL


STARRED Review From School Library Journal:

★ "Gr 7 Up--The first in a series, this fantasy adventure is quickly paced with surprises at every turn and an ending that will leave teens breathless and awaiting more. Fleck has crafted a fully realized world complete with its own history and mythology to immerse her readers. VERDICTFinely tuned and masterfully written, this is a must-purchase for all fantasy shelves." --School Library Journal, STARRED review

Recommended by Booklist:

"Newcomer Fleck has an atmospheric style, noting little details in every passage. Veda is a scrappy heroine, seemingly forever caught between extremes. The story is engrossing and the book itself is recommended." --Booklist

Praise for Beware the Night:

"Jessika Fleck delights with a new fantasy novel set in a world where the Sun reigns supreme and the Night is your enemy--literally. Brims with secrets, betrayal, and a genuinely believable love triangle!" --Pintip Dunn, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Forget Tomorrow series

"Fresh mythology, a sweepingly imaginative premise, and characters that will make their way into your heart--you will love every page of Beware the Night." --Elsie Chapman, Author of Along the Indigo and Co-Editor of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

"For readers new to YA fantasy, Beware the Night serves as a solid gateway book, with tight writing and layered characters." --Forever Young Adult
"A fun fantasy read that left me wanting more. . . I was hooked from the first page!" --Haunted By Books

"This book exceeded my expectations and left me with such a book-hangover! If you love Marie Lu's Legend series then I recommend this book for you." --Take Me Away to a Great Read

Praise for Beware the Night from Swoon Reads readers:

"The author has a true voice. Veda is interesting and has depth. Fleck writes in layers, leaving nothing unsurfaced." --Tricia Norling

"A gripping read, start to finish. The world-building feels whole, the action is fast-paced, and I can't wait to read more from this author!" --Daisy

"The story is different and amazingly entertaining, with characters that draw you in and make it impossible to put the book down. A mixture of The Hunger Games and Throne of Glass." --Claire Keiffer

About the Author

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter -- she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She has lived all over the U.S. from Hawaii to Vermont, but currently calls Illinois home. She resides there with her sociology professor husband and two daughters where she's learning to appreciate the beauty in cornfields and terrifyingly large cicadas. BEWARE THE NIGHT is her second published work for young adults.

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